I have a question for you: Do you have difficulty fitting exercise into your daily regimen? If yes, the answer just might be “exercise snacks”, or brief bouts of exercise spread throughout the day. Typically, they are done at a higher intensity than regular exercise.
Just as you may not run as fast or jump as high as you did as a teenager, your brain’s cognitive power – that is, your ability to learn, remember, and solve problems – also slows down with age. Mainly, seniors notice that over time they gradually become more forgetful, can lose their train of thought, take longer to think of words, have difficulty keeping track of possessions, or are slow or unable to recall a person’s name. I used to experience these issues until I became aware that we can unquestionably improve our cognitive fitness: I am now much more mentally adept.
In dietary terms, calories are the amount of energy that a food provides, and the energy we use in physical activity. Just as the fuel burned by a car provides energy, the calories in food is the fuel burned by our bodies to provide energy.
I have a question for you: How much water should you drink daily? Answer: It is impossible to give a definitive answer as each individual’s needs will vary. There is no universally accepted rule available – there is no one-size-fits-all formula.
Today I am focussing on cycling. As we mature, we can lose some balance so I will make stationary bicycles our focal point. By doing this, we will not have to worry about balance to the same extent as riding outdoors. In addition, we avoid potential hazardous traffic and weather conditions. Compared to some other types of cardiovascular equipment, a stationary bicycle places less stress on our joi
Your heart rate (the number of times your heart beats in one minute, which is the same as your pulse rate) is an important indicator of your overall heart health, especially if you have any health conditions that include the risk of cardiovascular disease. Every minute of every day. Year after year. Decade after decade. Your heart is always working for you but are you working for your heart? There
Evaluate Your Progress Regardless of which exercise you choose, eventually you will want to evaluate your progress, every 4/6 weeks. In order to achieve this, you will need as much information as possible about your body and your current fitness level. The more information you document, the more confident and able you will become in gauging your progress. This is where your journal will become an
Another integral source of motivation is creating a goal to aspire to. Setting a goal to reach will make a significant difference in your progress. The SMARTER acronym is a popular method used for goal-setting. SPECIFIC – Instead of simply saying, “I want to get fit”, make your goal more specific, for instance, “I want to walk for 20 minutes three times weekly”. MEASURABLE – Ensure you will know w
I’m Barrie and I warmly welcome you to my monthly blog Over50andfit.ca I’m passionate about giving blood. I am 86 and have been donating since I was 18. I am equally enthusiastic about encouraging others to donate. Are YOU willing to give? I have a question for you: How often in the US does someone require a blood transfusion? Answer: Astonishingly, every two seconds. This translates to 16 million
Congratulations if you have just committed yourself to fitness. Whatever shape you are in, there is a safe, healthy exercise routine with your name on it! Even before deciding which form of activity to pursue, I strongly caution you to consult your family doctor and seek guidance as to your medical condition. This is particularly important for those who have not exercised regularly for a long peri
I am deeply passionate about fitness and I have a question for you: Are you over 50, do not exercise and have a passion to live a long and vibrant life? If so, I can help YOU – for I will be combining my own personal experiences with the help of guests who are experts in many different fields of exercise. Why exercise? The benefits of regular exercise are incalculable: an improved quality of life